Desmond has hit second six times this spring, and is batting .333 (6 for 18) with two doubles, two home runs, three RBI, four stolen bases and seven runs through seven games.
"One, I like his leadership," Williams said. "I like with the ability to steal bases. He’s a smart baserunner. He’s let it go here as far as stealing, attempted steals. He can hit the ball to all fields and he’s got thunder. In the middle of your lineup, you certainly want that. That’s what he brings as a No. 2 hitter goes. But he can also hit five and be down in the order too if the situation presents itself."
Casilla said he had no setbacks and should be ready to play Tuesday, per CSNBaltimore.
"He feels good," Braves general manager Frank Wren said. "We’ve still got to play it by ear (on whether be ready to start season). It’s going to be close. But we’re not going to do anything foolish to speed it up for one start to make it work. We’ll do what’s right for him and for us."
Minor hasn't faced hitters yet and will likely throw batting practice before he appears in a spring game. The Braves won't need a fifth starter until April 12, so it could afford Minor the opportunity to get ready for the start of the season.
"It’ll be close," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "The good thing that we have going for us is that we could bump him all the way to the back to buy us some time."
"It's just a walking boot," Davis said. "Nothing crazy happened. ... Hopefully I'll get two weeks of games in before the season starts. I can still get a lot of ABs."
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